New TECH Talk: Why earlier is better – the positive repercussions of early cochlear implantation


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Dr. Anil Lalwani, Vice Chair for Research in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, capitalizes on his 25 years of field experience to explore the clinical and quality-of-life benefits of earlier implantation for hearing loss.

In a three-part video series, Dr. Lalwani describes the implications of earlier treatment through cochlear implantation. In this TECH Talk, he unpacks the positive and negative consequences of untreated hearing loss.

As Dr. Lalwani outlined in the previous video, untreated hearing loss can lead to cognitive decline and brain volume loss. On the other hand, positive consequences of treatment can include improved quality-of-life, daily enjoyment and social interactions.

cochlear implant - socialAlthough patients who had untreated long-term hearing loss may not perform as well as those with a shorter duration of hearing loss, they will likely still perform better than without a cochlear implant. In the same way, patients sometimes hesitate to move forward with surgery fearing they may lose the hearing they have left. However, their speech understanding is better with a cochlear implant in one ear and hearing aid in another, compared to two hearing aids before surgery. ¹

Earlier cochlear implantation can lead to improvement of quality-of-life², giving patients the freedom to be undefined by their hearing loss3. Overall, earlier is better!

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1. Clinical Evaluation of the Cochlear Nucleus CI532 Cochlear Implants in Adults Investigator Meeting. 2019 Apr.
2. Derinsu U, Yüksel M, Geçici CR, Çiprut A, Akdeniz E. Effects of residual speech and auditory deprivation on speech perception of adult cochlear implant recipients.
3. Manrique-Huarte R et al (2016) Treatment for Hearing Loss Among the Elderly: Auditory outcomes and impact on quality of life. Audiology Neurotology, 21 Suppl 1:29-25.

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